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Community Foundation Hires a Waterman

Dan Pingaro, director of a nonprofit involved with educating boaters about ocean protection, was hired to serve as executive director of the Laguna Beach Community Foundation, effective this week. “I am beyond excited to be taking on this new role and becoming part of the fabric...

The Jewel at Our Feet

By Catherine Cooper Who in Laguna does not love the ocean? Every week thousands of us – residents and tourists alike – stroll the beaches, bathe in the sun, swim or surf, or simply congregate on sea walls and decks to watch an evening’s sunset. The Pacific is like our homing...

The Solace of the Sea

When I turned 60, I took up surfing. This might seem counter-intuitive. A silver haired woman in the line up with the groms while all my friends started knitting or playing cards.  But life as I had known it had imploded, and layering on an oversized challenge seemed oddly...

Injured Sea Lion Beats the Odds

By Donna Furey, Special to the Independent An unusual patient is recovering at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center: an adult sea lion suffering from great white-shark bite wounds and malnourishment. No one knows how long the sea lion was swimming in the waters off Emerald Bay before...

Diving Bird Arrives for Winter

In addition to the winter migrants willets and sandpipers, the eared grebes (Podicep nigricollis) have arrived to Laguna. Being the most abundant species of grebe, the smallish bird averages 12 inches in size, has a small dark bill and red eyes.   When it is seen locally, it...

Replanted Kelp Forest Thrives Offshore

Diving 50 feet to the ocean floor off Laguna Beach’s coast was like landing on a desolate, evacuated planet.  There was no sign of life. Not even a lone, drifting kelp spore or a tenacious purple spiny sea urchin to devour it. “When we started, there was nothing there, nothing,”...

Coming Uncorked

Change is the trend these days. Fashion changes regularly as manufactures strive to bring something new to shelves each season. In my line of work as an interior designer I am presented with a color forecast regularly. These are the colors expected to be trending. Even...

Giving Voice to Loss

Loss has been on the front-burner bombarding many of my clients lately. These losses include not only relationship endings and departures of loved ones but also losses of romantic dreams, impossible expectations, illusions of safety and the loss of a younger self that thought it...

Gooseneck Barnacle

For the past two months, we started to experience daytime negative tides, a seasonal phenomenon where the tide becomes low enough to allow tidepool visitors to see organisms that are normally covered in water or inaccessible due to strong wave action.  One of these creatures is...

A Crystal Cove Christmas

The sign said, Crystal Cove State Park Campground. This was Laguna Beach, Calif., Dec. 24, 2013. I saw Dawn open one eye. “Hey, go back to sleep or Santa won’t come!” Dawn elbowed me one hard. “Ain’t never come before. Don’t even know where we live now. You askin’ for another...

Keeping the Spirit Alive

  The world had been sad since Christmas went away. The lack of Christmas spirit made it just go away. Outside there seemed to be no horizon. The ocean and the sky were gray. No wind. The house and its lack of light made the shadows that followed Aiden seem darker. The...

Keeping the Spirit Alive

By Roderick Reed The world had been sad since Christmas went away. The lack of Christmas spirit made it just go away. Outside there seemed to be no horizon. The ocean and the sky were gray. No wind. The house and its lack of light made the shadows that followed Aiden seem darker....

Foreign Seaweed Invading Tidepools

Experts say it came over to North America from Japan 10 years ago, clinging to the hulls of freighters. Sargassum horneri, the invasive seaweed, then jumped ship, recently landing in the rocky tidepools and deeper sub-tidal zones along the Southern California coast.  Some experts...

Benefits 11/15/13

Community Clinic Honors Donors The Laguna Beach Community Clinic honored over 40 major donors and volunteers during a brunch held at The Cliff Restaurant on Sunday, Nov. 3. “Thanks to our supporters we continue to care for more than 5,000 patients each year, providing about...